The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is a native species that was nearly extirpated in Washington state early last century, but is now recovering under the shared management by state and federal wildlife agencies. State management of the species by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is guided by the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan of 2011.
Farm Bill Programs in Washington State The federal Farm Bill supports a number of conservation efforts in Washington, and can also enhance hunting and fishing access opportunities, particularly on private land. WDFW is offering a number of recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill in order to maintain and enhance conservation efforts in the state.
This web page describes WDFW's proposals for new land acquisition during 2018 and provides a
virtual tour of 10 proposals. These projects were developed by WDFW staff and approved by the department's executive
management team to conserve important fish and wildlife habitats. Learn more >>
Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) WDFW is currently updating draft management plans designed to guide state hatchery operations in portions of Puget Sound.
People who would like to receive email notification of updated HGMPs must subscribe at the website. All future notifications
will be distributed to subscribers and posted on the website. Learn more
Columbia River salmon and steelhead face a serious threat from California sea lions
that prey on fish waiting to move up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam in early spring. Each year since 2002, sea lions
have consumed thousands of migrating fish, many from threatened and endangered runs protected under the federal Endangered
Species Act (ESA). Learn more >>
The Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) website provides
information on populations, and provide context for the efforts WDFW and its partners are taking in the arenas of habitat,
hatcheries, and harvest to protect and conserve salmon and steelhead in Washington. Learn
Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. WDFW’s Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program helps you
manage your property for wildlife with information on landscaping with plants that provide food and cover. Learn more >>
Management Plans WDFW manages nearly one million acres of land around the state for fish and wildlife, habitat conservation and wildlife related recreation.
Wildlife License Plates
Help Support Wildlife Activities
Five new license plate backgrounds to choose from,
featuring some of the state’s premier wildlife
species. Proceeds from the sale of the plates go
to improving management for these and other wildlife
species as well as improving conservation and recreation
programs related to wildlife in Washington. Now,
you can combine BOTH a wildlife background and a